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Alternative Media in Istanbul

In the spring of 2009 I made two visits to Istanbul to learn more about the city and its alternative media ecosystem. In this series I interviewed individuals working in different kinds of media projects which fall outside what is considered mainstream in Turkey.

bm100 A Vlog From Istanbul

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My second visit to Istanbul has been filled with interesting encounters with old and new friends, and exploring places in the city that I didn’t get to on my first brief visit last month. This is a vlog just to say hello and reflect somewhat on the trip so far.

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Sephardi Istanbul

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In the past I’ve made frequent references to the Sephardi jews that in the 15th century fled the Spanish inquisition and Portuguese King’s policies and settled in Amsterdam. I like to refer to that group in history as a clever ancestral anicdote as to why I like living in the Netherlands.

But then I find myself in Istanbul surrounded by some of the finest guides and friends a boy can ever wish for, and when I bring up the sarphatic jews and my long lost possibly jewish roots back many generations, Mr.… Read Full Text

bm299 Radical Politics and Censorship in Turkey

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The first edition of sanat vehayat was removed from the news stands by the Turkish government because it contained the word “Kurdistan”.� But the political magazine was not discouraged, later re-releasing that edition with the word Kurdistan crossed out with black marker.… Read Full Text

bm298 Imprisoned, Persecuted, and On the Air

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Tucked away somewhere in the labyrinth of streets on the Asia side of Istanbul, you’d think you were walking into someone’s house until you notice that each room in this apartment is part of this modest radio station.… Read Full Text